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Kitchen Hints

  • When making soup stoke add cucumber & ginger and boil it.This makes the smell go.
  • Rice grains can be kept separated by adding lemon juice while they are boiling.
  • To keep the cauliflower looking bright white, add a tablespoon of milk to the water while boiling it.
  • To cook beetroot, cook them with 2 inches of the stem. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the cooking water, which will prevent discolouring
  • A slice of bread added to the water when boiling broccoli or cabbage lessens the odour.
  • To remove bitter taste off eggplants soak them in salted water. later drain and cook as desired. Same applies to raw green banana (Kai)
  • To make limp lettuce look fresh soak in ice water for half an hour. Add lemon juice to the water.
  • Add a dash of lemon juice to mushroom when cooking them.
  • Use an egg slicer to slice mushrooms to get even pieces.
  • If the onions you plan to use in a salad have too strong a smell, soak them in cold water before cutting or toss in lemon juice.
  • To stop from crying while cutting onion, cut in front of running water or keep you mouth open, pull your tongue out as this absorbs the gave released by the onion which makes us cry.
  • Rub potatoes with butter before baking to improve the taste.If in a hurry, boil for ten minutes, then bake.
  • When making potato chips,fry them twice to get crispy crust.
  • To keep the red cabbage from discolouring while cooking add a little vinegar to it.
  • To keep the colour of vegetables from discolouring add a pinch of baking soda to it especially spinach.
  • Add a pinch of sugar to enhance the flavour.
  • To remove skin of tomatoes, dip them in boiling water for a few minutes and peel them off.
  • To make mashed potatoes fluffier, fold in beaten egg white.
  • To keep boiled syrup from crystalling, add a pinch of baking soda or a teaspoon of milk
  • Before baking a two crust pie with butter or milk, dust with sugar for delicious glaze. Before filling, brush the base with egg white. This prevents the crust from getting soggy.
  • Don't throw away bread crusts. To make a pudding in a jiffy make coarse slice of bread and add them to a mixture of milk and pudding powder. Stir in a few raisins and bake. Yummy desert is ready.
  • To whip cream, pour the measured quantity into a bowl and chill. Then whisk.
  • When separating egg whites, break one egg at a time in a small container. This is to ensure that no egg yolk goes in and then pour it to a bigger container else if you are careless and some egg yolks get mixed the whole egg whites get wasted for a particular dish.



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